Nebraska Player Quotes

Offensive Lineman Jared Helming

“We played four quarters together. We knew what had to be done today, and we came out ready to do it. We were just so pumped up for this game."

Center Kurt Mann

“Toward the middle part of our season, we were not where we wanted to be as a team. At that point we knew we had to change some things. Our team started to motivate each other more, as well as develop some of the younger guys, so we could give other teams different looks. The past couple of years have been a struggle, but as in today's game, they are a lot more fun when you lead and can set the tempo.”<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>


Linebacker Corey McKeon

“The entire Buffaloes team was tough before the game, talking trash and acting as if they have always owned this division, but we came out with heart, with fire, and our team pounded them from start to finish. We played the best game as a whole team this season. We knew what they were going to throw at us, and we game planned around that. Ultimately our offensive and defensive lines controlled the tempo and the pressure on both sides of the ball.”


Defensive End Jay Moore

“We have been toying with our lineup the whole year, trying a lot of different players at a lot of positions just so we could see how our team fit together. I think in the past weeks we have figured out the small things more, and have been able to concentrate on playing as a team. Today we just wanted to get at them from the start, and that is exactly what we did.”



On quarterback Zac Taylor
“He had a great game today, probably his best of the season. He took a lot of shots, but he is a fighter, and he kept getting up and providing this team with a spark. All week we planned to pass on them because they have a small secondary.”



Linebacker Bo Ruud


“The thing I learned from the past two weeks was that the offense is starting to click on all cylinders.  ?Restore the order’ is our motto and we want to be back on top of the Big 12.”


On the defensive strategy

“We made the right blitzes at the right time.  It caused them a lot of pressure and they made some bad choices.”



On coming in as underdog

“A lot of people say negative things about us, but today we played at another level, a level that we have been trying to get to and it finally came out today.  It was our best game we have played at <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?>Nebraska since Coach Callahan has been here.”


On gratification

“It feels very good right now.  They are a top team in the Big 12 North.  You could tell that we wanted to be out there more.  After the first quarter, I could tell that they didn’t want to play with us that game.  We were playing with enthusiasm, a lot of heart and a lot of fire.  I think that showed.  I didn’t see the fire in them.”


Quarterback Zac Taylor


“It’s unbelievable.  This is finally the game that we have been working towards.  We had a good game all around, start to finish.  It just makes it even better that it was at Colorado.  It ruined a lot of their opportunities.  That was a great feeling.”


On the play of the team

“We just never lost focused on what we were doing.  We got them on their heels early and we just knew that we could keep putting the ball in the end zone.  I definitely felt like I was in a zone.  We were running all over the field.  We stopped the No. 1 team in the Big 12 North and at the start of the second quarter, we definitely felt like we were on a roll.  The defense was giving us great field position.”